[Press and Publications] Space School UK at the University of Leicester

April 2001

No 38


Do you want to know more about humans in space, the planet Mars, how rockets and satellites work, whether there might be extra-terrestrial life, what is in the solar system, and all about stars and travelling to them?

Once again in April and then in July 2001 the University of Leicester will be hosting Space School UK, for students aged 14-18 years from across the UK, when these and many other questions will be asked, and hopefully some will be answered!

The space disciplines range from physics, astronomy, engineering and astronautics to geology, the environment and the humanities. The "five days in space" that students can enjoy at the University are aimed primarily at those preparing for GCSEs and Post 16 Education, with an interest in Space, and/or Space Science and Technology. The course is also suitable for the Duke of Edinburgh and CREST award schemes.

Students will have opportunities to meet space scientists, academics and employers in the field, while their understanding and perceptions will be stretched through lectures and supervised work throughout the day. One highlight will be a visit to Astrium UK to see satellites under construction and from summer 2001 the course will include a day at the new National Space Centre in Leicester, due to open in June.

ticipants will need knowledge of science and mathematics to Key Stage 3 level, and the most important qualification is enthusiasm for space exploration and research.

fessor Martin Ward, Director of Space School UK, said: "Space School UK is a great opportunity for young scientists with an interest in space to immerse themselves in the subject, and to learn first-hand from experts who work in space research and related industries. Judging from the reactions of participants last year, they came away excited and with many new ideas."

nks go to the University of Leicester; Astrium UK; Marsh Aviation; BNSC; Kingston University; Institute of Physics; the BA East Midlands; DERA, and Thales Space Technology, for their sponsorship of Space School. As a result, the course fee for the summer 2001 five-day residential course of 225 pounds reflects a generous subsidy.

rther information please contact Mrs Jean Collins, Space Research Centre, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH; tel +44 (0)116 252 2675; fax +44 (0)116 252 2462; email jco@star.le.ac.uk. Or see the website http://www.star.le.ac.uk/spaceschool/

e to editors: More details are available from Mrs Jean Collins, details as above, or from Professor Martin Ward, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, tel +44 (0)116 252 3540, email mjw@star.le.ac.uk

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